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Dutch health care

The Netherlands has a healthcare system that is based on care that is accessible, affordable and of good quality. Everyone living or paying wage taxes in the Netherlands is required by law to have a basic health insurance. The compulsory Dutch health insurance will cover most basic medical care.

Types of health care

There are three types of health care in the Netherlands, which are funded through taxation and your health insurance premiums:

  • Basic medical care

    For example GP visits, hospital stays and specialist appointments. This type of care is managed by private health insurance companies, like ONVZ. See also basic health-care plan

  • Supplementary care

    For example physiotherapy, dental care, alternative medicine. For this type of care you can choose for a supplementary health care plan or you can pay for it yourself. See also supplementary health-care plans

  • Long-term care

    For example long-term use of a wheelchair or a stay in a nursing home. This type of care is managed by local councils or other institutions as instructed by the government

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